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“Fresh... Open... Freedom...!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gibside

Gibside
Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Gateshead
Certificate of Excellence
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fresh... Open... Freedom...!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Gibside is a great place. It's remote enough but close enough to be a local gem.

Once walking away from the main area, the estate is beautiful, with paths leading into wooded areas or to farmland at the highest point.

There is plently to see and do, nature or historical, you'll lose track of time!

The new addition of the kids play area (Strawberry Castle) has us going back more often as it's just so good. There now developing the car park so it'll be an even easier choice.

Visited March 2013
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Durham
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89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“very pretty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

The grounds are lovley and no matter if it is a busy bank holiday weekend or not there is always a peaceful walk to be had. The car park has been improved over the winter and is so much better,but we took my disabled mother and instead of a car park nearer the entrance we had to use a mini bus to take us up the bank. I think this could be better, but at least there was a bus. Just hope the volunteers are on hand to drive it

Visited March 2013
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County Durham
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Lovely relaxing day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We visited during the Easter holidays....we are members of the National Trust so entry was free. You need to go when the weather is good, but it is well worth a visit. There is a really nice out door play area for kids with lots of wooden houses, slides, zip wire etc. If you want to do a longer walk there is a walk you can do past the stables and back down the hill which has obstacles for kids to do on the way which is fun and leads to some low ropes for them to climb on. We have a dog, so it's great as dogs on leads are welcome here too.

The Easter trail was fun and they had a few other Easter acitivities going on which the children enjoyed. All in all it was a nice relaxing day.

Visited April 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Could be fantastic!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We visited Gibside during the Easter holidays. It cost £15.00 for the two of us (the children being under 5 were free). There has clearly been a lot of money putting in a new car park and wooden deck/path up to the site. Unfortunately, the wooden path stops at the base of a set of steps which includes a very unusual/impractical buggy ramp - two narrow concrete ramps with steps in the middle which were extremely steep, the pushchair wheels also didn't sit very well on the ramp. In the end my husband carried the pushchair up the stairs, not ideal.

The grounds themselves are outstanding with views across Gateshead and County Durham.

The Easter egg hunt which was put on for the children at a small additional charge helped to show off all of the key areas of the site.

I was disappointed by the lack of signage around the site, more information is needed. Some of the signs seemed out of date, and/or needed to be moved into a better position. An example is the hall itself which had metal fencing around it due to how unstable the building has become. Unfortunately, in placing the metal fences no-one has given any thought to moving the two information plaques which were, small and impossible to read from such a distance.

I left not knowing as much as I would have liked which was a bit of a shame.

The site is beautiful and I would consider going back but I would probably only do this on a hot sunny day. I will also do a little bit of reading about Gibside beforehand.

Visited March 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A beautiful escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

A lovely pace to take the kids and doggy, so much open space to run around and explore. Also a fab cafe! Keep an re out for national trust events - they're really good and normally free on top of entry fee....we're national trust members so get plenty of visits in here, the farmers market is also well worth a visit!

Visited April 2013
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